Squash Source http://www.squashsource.com Squash Equipment News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:13:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Huge US Open 2014 Equipment Report [Women]http://www.squashsource.com/us-open-2014-women/ http://www.squashsource.com/us-open-2014-women/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:41:32 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16426 Here’s a huge rundown of all the equipment used by the women’s players at the US Open. The players are listed in alphabetical order. Email subscribers can get a bonus report showing just the top 4 players (on both the women’s and men’s draw). Click Here to Get the Bonus Report If you see any […]

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Here’s a huge rundown of all the equipment used by the women’s players at the US Open. The players are listed in alphabetical order.

Email subscribers can get a bonus report showing just the top 4 players (on both the women’s and men’s draw).

Click Here to Get the Bonus Report

If you see any mistakes (I always make some) please let me know in the comments! Also, I can’t tell what shoes Rachael Grinham and Yathreb Adel are wearing. If you can solve the mystery, please leave a comment!

Aisling Blake

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Harrow Vibe
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 4 Women

 

Alison Waters

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 120
Shoes: Asics Gel Task Women

 

Annie Au

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Harrow Renegade
Shoes: Nike Multicourt 10 Women

 

Camille Serme

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Prince Pro Rebel 950
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 4 Women

 

Emily Whitlock

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Prince Pro Rebel 950
Shoes: Salming Viper

 

Emma Beddoes

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Mantis Power 110

 

Jenny Duncalf

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Head Graphene Xenon 135

 

Joey Chan

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Prince O3 Black

 

Kasey Brown

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Custom Harrow Spark
Shoes: Mizuno Wave Stealth 2

 

Laura Massaro

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Head Xenon2 135
Shoes: Asics Gel Beyond 4 Women

 

Line Hansen

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Head Graphene Cyano 115
Shoes: Asics Gel Beyond Women

 

Low Wee Wern

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Harrow Low Wee Wern Signature
Shoes: Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3

 

Madeline Perry

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Dunlop Aerogel Evolution F120
Shoes: Asics Gel Beyond Women

 

Nicol David

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Prince Pro Rebel 950
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 3 Women

 

Nicolette Fernandes

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 125
Shoes: Asics Gel Fireblast Women

 

Nouran Gohar

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
Shoes: Asics Gel Domain 2 Women

Nour El Sherbini

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 125
Shoes: Asics Gel Domain 2 Women

 

Omneya Abdel Kawy

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Signature Harrow Vapor

 

Rachael Grinham

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Harrow Renegade
Shoes: Mystery Mizunos

 

Raneem El Weleily

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Harrow Vapor
Shoes: Asics Gel Domain 2 Women

 

Sabrina Sobhy

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Harrow Vapor
Shoes: Asics Gel Domain 2 Women

 

Salma Hany

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 4

 

Sam Cornett

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Black Knight Ion X-Force
Shoes: Asics Gel 1140V Women

 

Samantha Teran

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Custom Harrow Vapor
Shoes: Asics Gel Flashpoint Women

 

Sarah Kippax

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 120
Shoes: Adidas Opticourt Ligra Women

 

Sarah-Jane Perry

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Prince Pro Beast 750
Shoes: Adidas Adipower Stabil 10 Women

 

Siyoli Waters

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Tecnifibre Suprem Ruby
Shoes: Asics Gel Rocket 6

 

Tesni Evans

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Karakal Tec-Lite 130
Shoes: Karakal XS-650

 

Victoria Lust

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 125
Shoes: Asics Gel Rocket 6 Women

 

Yathreb Adel

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Photo by Steve Cubbins
Racket: Head Graphene Cyano 115
Shoes: Mystery Asics

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Asics Gel Volley Elite 2 Womenhttp://www.squashsource.com/asics-gel-volley-elite-2-women/ http://www.squashsource.com/asics-gel-volley-elite-2-women/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:35:03 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16391 It’s the Asics Gel Volley Elite 2 for women: Image via squash.com.au Crazy color scheme, similar to one of the Asics Gel Blade 4 models. Affiliate Links   There’s also this color scheme: Image via zalando.co.uk Affiliate Links

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It’s the Asics Gel Volley Elite 2 for women:

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Image via squash.com.au

Crazy color scheme, similar to one of the Asics Gel Blade 4 models.

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There’s also this color scheme:

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Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 Green (Spotted on Low Wee Wern)http://www.squashsource.com/mizuno-wave-lightning-rx3-green/ http://www.squashsource.com/mizuno-wave-lightning-rx3-green/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:15:05 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16386 Just posting these Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 in green: Image via zalando.co.uk Because I just saw Low Wee Wern wearing them at the US Open: She seems to have put a bit of blue tape on the instep. Affiliate Links Here are some affiliate links to buy this product. This shoe is actually difficult to […]

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Just posting these Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 in green:

Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 Green
Image via zalando.co.uk

Because I just saw Low Wee Wern wearing them at the US Open:

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She seems to have put a bit of blue tape on the instep.

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Karakal XS-650 Squash Shoes (Spotted on Tesni Evans)http://www.squashsource.com/karakal-xs-650-squash-shoes/ http://www.squashsource.com/karakal-xs-650-squash-shoes/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:06:45 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16378 Here are the Karakal XS-650 shoes: Image via sweatband.com Unusual style that I think is pretty cool. I first saw these on Tesni Evans at the US Open: Image via US Open Squash ∞ Affiliate Links Here are some affiliate links to buy this product. If you do buy through one of my links, I […]

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Here are the Karakal XS-650 shoes:

Karakal XS 650Image via sweatband.com

Unusual style that I think is pretty cool. I first saw these on Tesni Evans at the US Open:

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Image via US Open Squash

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Karakal Squash Rackets 2014http://www.squashsource.com/karakal-squash-rackets-2014/ http://www.squashsource.com/karakal-squash-rackets-2014/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:19:26 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16359 Here’s a rundown on the Karakal squash rackets 2014 range. I have never tried Karakal squash rackets myself, but I was able to cull this info from the Karakal 2014 squash rackets catalog. First you have the “S” series of rackets, the SN 90, ST 110, and SX 100. They’re all teardrop-shaped, with a fan […]

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Here’s a rundown on the Karakal squash rackets 2014 range. I have never tried Karakal squash rackets myself, but I was able to cull this info from the Karakal 2014 squash rackets catalog.

First you have the “S” series of rackets, the SN 90, ST 110, and SX 100. They’re all teardrop-shaped, with a fan stringing pattern, and a small head size (455 sq. cm.). As an example, here’s the SN 90, which Karakal by the way says is the lightest squash racket in the world:

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After that you have the XL TEC series, which includes the XL-TEC 125, XL-TEC 140, and XL-TEC 150. These are also teardrop-shaped but have a regular stringing pattern and a medium head size (480 sq. cm.). Here’s an example, the XL-TEC 125:

Karakal XL-TEC 125

Next we have the Karakal TEC Series, which includes the Karakal TEC-Gel 120 (Cameron Pilley’s racket), TEC-Lite 130, and TEC-Tour 140. These have a conventional head shape:

Karakal Tec Gel 120 - 2013

After that there’s the Karakal V Series, including the Karakal V-Ti 125, V-GT 135 and V-GR 150. These are also teardrop and medium head size (480 sq. cm.). Honestly I’m not sure how these are different from some of the others. (I haven’t posted any of these yet… will get to that soon.)

Karakal V-GR 150 Squash Racket

That’s it for now, may add some more to this over time.

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Karakal XL-TEC 125http://www.squashsource.com/karakal-xl-tec-125/ http://www.squashsource.com/karakal-xl-tec-125/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:56:27 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16352 The Karakal XL-TEC 125: Image via sweatband.com Never tried this one. I don’t know much about Karakal rackets. I will try to write a summary of all their current rackets in my next post. Specs Weight: Light (125 grams) Balance: Head-Heavy (37 cm) Head Size: Medium (480 sq. cm) Affiliate Links Here are some affiliate […]

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The Karakal XL-TEC 125:

Karakal XL-TEC 125
Image via sweatband.com

Never tried this one. I don’t know much about Karakal rackets. I will try to write a summary of all their current rackets in my next post.

Specs
Weight: Light (125 grams)
Balance: Head-Heavy (37 cm)
Head Size: Medium (480 sq. cm)

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Behind the Scenes at US Open Squashhttp://www.squashsource.com/behind-the-scenes-at-us-open-squash/ http://www.squashsource.com/behind-the-scenes-at-us-open-squash/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:41:34 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16235 The 2014 US Open just kicked off — yesterday was the first day of matches for the main draw — and I went down to Drexel to check things out. Thanks to a lucky turn of events, I managed to score a media pass to the event this year (thanks Jim, Jay and Dent!) and […]

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The 2014 US Open just kicked off — yesterday was the first day of matches for the main draw — and I went down to Drexel to check things out. Thanks to a lucky turn of events, I managed to score a media pass to the event this year (thanks Jim, Jay and Dent!) and took a bunch of photos and videos of the setup there, for anyone who’s interested in how it’s put together.

First of all when you get off the train at 30th street, one of the first things you see is this billboard:

billboard

Then as you walk down the street to the venue there are banners featuring Nicol David, Greg Gaultier and more I think.

Coming into the Daskalakis Athletic Center, there are some matches taking place on the Drexel squash team’s courts:

plaster-courts

Later in the week, all matches are played on the show court.

Show Court Entrance

The main court is housed in a basketball arena. Right as you come in the entrance, you can see the Squash TV commentators doing their broadcast (left) and the court (right).

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Since the Squash TV guys are right at the front, people are constantly walking past — it must be tough to keep your concentration in that spot.

Here’s what their setup looks like from behind — it’s basically a camera, two lights, a monitor, and some audio equipment.

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Here’s another view from the entrance area:

The stands are to the left as you look at the court from the entrance. All around the arena, there are big video screens like you see in this picture, displaying the live Squash TV feed:

entrance-court-view

Club Area

On the sides of the court are a bunch of tables where you can sit with a drink and some food. You need a “Club Level” or better ticket to get in there. There’s a bar serving alcohol inside the velvety rope.

In prior years these side areas had bleachers for overflow spectators, but they were sparsely used and blocked the view a little. The way they did it this year with tables looks so much nicer.

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Inside the Club area, you can get up close to the action:

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Here’s a pan shot from up close — more tables on the right, stands on the left:

The Club area forms a U shape around the side walls and front walls. There are tons of interesting viewing angles:

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This is one of the player boxes where they recover between games and talk to their coaches. There’s one on the opposite side of the court for the other player.

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The Stands

Here are some views from the stands. This is a pan shot from the top right corner, by the entrance:

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And here’s a regular picture from the same spot with the court in view. This is the absolute farthest seat away from the courts, and the view is still good:

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This is the top left corner of the stands. This is the farthest seat from the action — this time on the other end of the stands — and it’s still a great place to watch the match. I caught the end of the 5-game thriller between Waller and Golan here:

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Here’s a pan shot from the top left corner:

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You can see over the left wall in that pan shot is a closed-off backstage area. This is where the players warm up and enter from. One nice thing about this seat is you can peer over and see the players warming up:

President’s Suite

There’s another seating area called the “President’s Suite”, dead center atop the main stands. I’m not even sure how you get tickets for this area — I think you might need to be a tournament sponsor.

Here’s what the action looks like from the President’s Suite:

It’s pretty sweet in the suite:

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You can even grab some ditties, and there’s a bar too (not pictured):
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Backstage

In this picture, the opening on the right is where the players make their entrance for their match.

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Straight ahead is where the emcee Gilly Lane sits in between announcements and introductions.

To the left, there are some makeshift rooms cordoned off by those portable black walls you can see in the picture.

Somewhere in there, media teams for the US Open Squash Website, SquashSite, Squash Magazine and more are creating content for their various publications.

If you walk forward a bit you’ll see the Squash TV production crew broadcasting live around the globe on PSA Squash TV:

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There are also a couple bikes for players to warm up and cool down on:

backstage-bikes

Not to mention a private spot for players to get a massage:
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And if you REALLY dig deep into the place, go down a tunnel, through a drainpipe, and behind a secret hidden door, what do you find? All of Squash TV’s crap:

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Ashaway Squash Bagshttp://www.squashsource.com/ashaway-squash-bags/ http://www.squashsource.com/ashaway-squash-bags/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:40:14 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16342 A couple Ashaway squash bags for the Ashaway enthusiasts out there. I like the designs actually. The “Double” Racket Bag: Image via sweatband.com The “Triple” Racket Bag: Image via sweatband.com

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A couple Ashaway squash bags for the Ashaway enthusiasts out there. I like the designs actually.

The “Double” Racket Bag:

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Image via sweatband.com

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The “Triple” Racket Bag:

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Tecnifibre Suprem 135 Squash Rackethttp://www.squashsource.com/tecnifibre-suprem-135/ http://www.squashsource.com/tecnifibre-suprem-135/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:15:50 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16337 Quick post for the Tecnifibre Suprem 135: Image via tecnifibre.com Specs Weight: Medium (135 grams) Balance: Even (35 cm) Head size: Large (500 sq cm) I believe this is a 2014 racket from Tecnifibre. It looks very similar to the Tecnifibre Suprem 130, but according to the published specs, this one is 5 grams heavier, […]

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Quick post for the Tecnifibre Suprem 135:

Tecnifibre Suprem 135 Squash Racket
Image via tecnifibre.com

Specs
Weight: Medium (135 grams)
Balance: Even (35 cm)
Head size: Large (500 sq cm)

I believe this is a 2014 racket from Tecnifibre. It looks very similar to the Tecnifibre Suprem 130, but according to the published specs, this one is 5 grams heavier, and has a larger head.

I think this Suprem 135 might be the successor to the Tecnifibre Suprem Calibur 135, an older model.

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Adidas Court Stabil 11 Menhttp://www.squashsource.com/adidas-court-stabil-11-men/ http://www.squashsource.com/adidas-court-stabil-11-men/#respond Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:27:17 +0000 http://www.squashsource.com/?p=16221 Here’s the Adidas Court Stabil 11 for men. In the Adidas range of court shoes, these Adidas Court 11s sit in the middle — above the Adidas Essence 11 but below the top-end Adidas Adipower Stabil 11. The three shoes all look pretty similar, so I created a free one-page PDF for my email subscribers […]

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Here’s the Adidas Court Stabil 11 for men. In the Adidas range of court shoes, these Adidas Court 11s sit in the middle — above the Adidas Essence 11 but below the top-end Adidas Adipower Stabil 11.

The three shoes all look pretty similar, so I created a free one-page PDF for my email subscribers that shows you all the shoes together so you can tell them apart a bit easier:

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Here’s the blue and orange version:

Adidas Court Stabil 11 Men - Blue
Image via zalando.co.uk

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And this is the black and orange style:

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